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. the port of new york and new jersey, most of it is on the new jersey side is the mega port of the east coast. 250,000 jobs, 25 billion to $30 billion of economic activity for the nation suffered widespread damage. ships were unloading during the course of the storm, b a full recovery from the damage caused on theorts will take much longer. the storm surge grew to 14 feet, winds were about 90 miles per ho, pore than 700 cargo containers were damaged when the surge and high winds toppled the containers on to another. in thispicture, you can see half of the rt authority barge was lifted on to a berth in red ho hook. in jersey cy, a float was used to move railroad cars broke in half. 150 feet of railroad track was washed away. cargo handling cranes and other pieces of equipment were severely damaged. this is also important to national security issues, in the last background, the only port in bayonne, new jersey was closed, so the use of commercial port for forward projection for the east coast is the port of new york and new jersey. when it cannot operate, it's part of a national security
billion worth of damage to rail subway and port infrastructure in their state. they testified on surface transportation yesterday. >> i call this hearing to order. thank you for joining us, mr. secretary. i asked you to testify today because i'm deeply concerned about the recent report that the f.h.a. could potentially need taxpayer support for the first time in its 78-year history. i would like you to help the committee gain insight into the fiscal challenges at the f.h.a. and what h.u.d. has done and can do to mitigate losses and address the shortfall in the capital reserve ratio. f.h.a. has been helping save lives of the mortgage market by ensuring that qualified lower to moderate income and first time home buyers have access to credit since 1934. since the beginning of the financial crisis, the f.h.a. has increased its market share from below 5% in 2006 to about 30% at its peak volume in 2009, in pursuant of that mission. this cyclical expansion was essential to the mortgage market, especially for first time home buyers who have comprised 78% of single family loans insured by f.h.a.
tourism industry that is devastated. i am talking about the mega port of the east coast that suffered huge damages, national security, because we closed the only port that was a military port and now we use the commercial port 1 we need to in the case of emergencies. i could go on and on. talk, told her, i want to get a sense from you as to the commitment of this administration and the federal government to help in new jersey, and certainly new york, and the region, recover. when we had hurricane katrina on the gulf coast in mississippi and alabama and louisiana, i was there. when we had tornadoes in missouri, i was there. when we had flooding along the mississippi, i was there. when we had cropped instructions in the midwest, i have been there. i believe this is the united states of america. i fully expect that now, for the first time, we have the type of devastation others have suffered and should understand we are going to have the type of response others have received. i would like to get a sense of you as the type of commitment this administration has? >> this is a region i also have
in ocean port for 10 years. when word of the storm came, she evacuate it with as many possessions as she could. it is still not clear if her home will be torn down or rebuilt and put on higher stilts, and she does not have the money to do it. the only ones that survived were the ones built on higher stilts, which is why we need resiliency. for now, she is living in fema housing until december. she does not know where she will be after that. she is depending on friends and family. she has a remarkably positive attitude despite it all, which is why new jersey will come back stronger than ever. but if we do not have a robust program, the funding for her to rebuild will not be there. i would like to share these images from union beach, new jersey, where homes, cars, and people's very lives were destroyed. sandy was one of the largest transportation disasters in history. new jersey transit suffer damage to all 12 of its rail lines. miles of track were washed out. hundreds of cars and locomotives were submerged, some suffering irreparable damage. the system that carries 77 million people betwe
was the majority leader. his wife elizabeth dole and he left the port and republicans voted down the street. he was recently released from walter reed military center. now an independent caller from ohio, lee. caller: good morning. i am calling about something i have not heard about. people willing to take the $15 or $20 extra they're getting from the to% tax break, it is coming off their pension when they retire. social security is based on what you contribute. host: you are talking about the payroll tax cut, extending that possibly as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. caller: right. it will cost them in the long run. host: because the money is coming out of social security. politicians say that will not happen. they say social security will have its money. caller: they tell you all kinds of things. host: john in atlanta, democratic caller. caller: how are you? it seems like it is open phones. i think as far as the fiscal cliff is concerned, the democrats and republicans need to come together and they need to do that rather quickly, because that's the way i feel about it. host: do you thi
amtrak, as well as the port authority to start the regional discussions off. to make sure folks identify and we a process to identify the most cost-effective mitigation efforts. it's going to be critical that the regions, the two states, all the agencies work well together on this. it's really quite possible that if not done correctly, one mitigation investment could worsen the potential damage on a neighboring transit asset. this really needs to be done in a coordinated fashion that bridges all of the local players, all of the local agencies, state and local governments to make sure that the impact of hurricane sandy don't repeat themselves. i see i'm already over my time, so with that, i'll submit the rest of the statement for the record, and thank you. >> thank you, administrator. madam secretary? >> good morning. chairman men endezz, members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify regarding recovery from superstorm sandy. in my roll as deputy assistant secretary for grant programs at h.u.d., i am responsible for the community development program, the cbdg, the c
across all budgets but government in these days are about getting more for less. >> port smith has been the home of the royal navy for over 500 years. given that the business secretary appears to have prejudged the future of shipbuilding. what reassurance can you give me and 1,500 ship builders that it will remain in tact and the future of the fleet? >> quite right speaks up for it as it continues to be an excellent home for the royal navy. the navy will remain an major employer in the city. i'm sure my friend will also welcome the enterprise zone on the port and that is a 25 billion pound package that will create jobs. >> in june 2010, the prime minister said that despite the government's deficit reduction plan, he will ensure "no increase in child poverty." does he still stnd by that? >> we're doing everything we can to tackle child poverty and it has come down. the point -- that we specifically did we increased the element in child tax credit that goes to the poorest families. >> in the wake of the criminal convictions of of the staff who abused people living at this hospital, is it
of which, just as the seventh uss enterprise was on her way back to port at pearl harbor on december 7, 1941, and later launched the first u.s. strikes of the war against japan at the marshall islands, the current u.s.s. enterprise was also on her way home on september 11, 2001. just over three weeks later, she would launch the first strikes against al qaeda and the taliban and afghanistan. imagine yourself aboard uss enterprise on the night of those first strikes. here's part of what her captain told her crew -- aboard the enterprise, good evening, shipmates. the last time america actually went to war to defend against an attack on our home land was almost exactly 60 years ago. when a treacherous enemy conducted a surprise attack on pearl harbor. during that attack, a different enterprise was at sea on her way home and was an integral response to that difficult and bloody task of soundly defeating an enemy. ever since then, when america has gone to war, it has been to protect freedom and our vital interests and those of our allies. we have not had to defend our homeland since december
place. it is in the same spot as the ancient report. -- port. this is the place where the international -- >> where are these undersea cables that you referred to earlier? and by whom? >> there have an telegraph cables across the atlantic for 150 years now. depending on how you count, individual strands or cable systems, there are about eight or 10 or 12 across the atlantic. the current generation was laid in the mid-90s. up until about 2002. they are owned by a few companies. very large backbone companies. they are owned by telecom, verizon, british telecom joining with deutsche telekom. or a couple are owned by companies that only own cables across the atlantic. they bought their people out of bankruptcy out of a larger telecom. -we specialize in new york or london. we will sell you services to another telecom or anyone who meets high-capacity bandwidth. >> what about this pacific? >> the pacific is -- i get a similar combination of players -- again, a similar combination of players. google funds a vast global network. they operate almost like a telecom of their own. they put out the
get to your calls. this is the lead story in the "l.a. times" class morning. port strike part of a bigger fight. the eight-day strike that crippled one of the world's busiest ports reflected a clash that is playing out across the global shipping industry as ports and their unionized work forces gird for an era of briskly expanding foreign trade. the strike that shut down the ports of los angeles and long beach paralleled the generational skirmishes that have ripped through factory shops. cargo companies and ports want to cut costs and automate operations to compete with aggressive rivals in canada and south america. that is pitting them against unions, which are struggling to reserve high-paying jobs for the middle-class members. it was resolved late tuesday, according to this article. here is the front page of the press." feet frefree state says detroit out of time to fix its fiscal mess. falling revenues and rising expenses. the state of michigan delivered an abrupt ultimatum to the city wednesday. move quickly toward reform, or an emergency financial manager will be reporte
anti doping agency for olympic this port in the united states. the mission is to protect and preserve the integrity of competition and the well-being of sports through the elimination of doping. you saw it has been an advocate for clean athletes. when congress approved the medical use of growth hormone, a law stated it was only to be distributed for conditions authorized by the secretary of health and human services making potentially dangerous uses illegal. yes a form growth hormone test has been developed by researchers in the growth hormone community. it is a blood test to detect the prohibited use of hormone on aid limited basis and on a worldwide basis since 2008. the test measures the ratio of the form of growth hormone found in synthetic products to another form of hormones that are naturally released by the pituitary gland. the ratio is independent of the amount of growth hormone in the blood. you are just as likely to have a ratio of all. eight at low concentrations as you are to have a ratio of 0.8 at high concentrations. when you take recombinant, the ratio increases dramat
, ports. and they did over a week. at first they thought they might get 10,000 or 12,000 out. then every sail boat, yacht, everything that could float was sent over and they got more than 200,000 british troops off and 130,000 french. i found it interesting that several thousand french troops, maybe 10 or 20, chose not to go. they thought the war is over, we lost and they went home back to their farms. how they fared no one knows. host: whether was your reaction in great britain to dunkirk? guest: churchill -- and churchill did this -- he made a defeat sound as if it was the ost heroic -- and he saeid evacuations, retreats are not victories, he was clear on this. but the way he said it made dunkirk sound like a heroic victory. and the british people came away saying, well, if we can do that, we can bloody well whip the hun. well, they had it backwards. they were running, swimming literally, home without their weapons, without their tanks and jeeps -- they didn't have generals then but trucks and rifles. they came back soaking wet with no weapons and church ill is telling the paoeeople th
? and could you comment on where the commercial space ports of the future will be located? >> well, for suborbital manned spaceflight, they can use any airport with a 12,000 foot runway. branson is considering doing it in an isolated place in new mexico. i tried to talk him into doing it in a place where there is an ocean and something worth looking. at any rate, his plan to put spaceports in five or six different countries, he wants to do one or you can let people see the northern lights during your space flight. so he has some really neat ideas about where it could be done. when you look at where funds are available for a space port, there is one planned in dubai. there is not one affordable enough to fly into orbit, so i suggest that we had better solve that problem and then think about what a space port would look like. >> your thoughts on using model aviation as a funnel for youth to get into aircraft engineering, because your friends at the faa are trying to lump us then with the uab program. >> not just the faa. they are now in the air force debating how do you give an air m
creating things like the spending-port where you can see -- like the spending dashboard where you can see how much is being spent. you can actually understand what is going on. this is being touted by current and former administration folks as a way to promote the kind of accountability that josh was talking about. are there more things along those lines that should be happening where are the witnesses -- where are the weaknesses to measuring how the government is doing in terms of being transparent? >> i agree that the strides being made in electronic folia - foia publication should go faster. the question i get all the time is why hasn't the white house engaged with congress on legislation to make federal spending more transparent. they have been -- the co mpttroller of the united states, the tech industry, and 23 open government groups saying we need legislation because federal spending data is not as trends. as it needs to be. information and should be published is not being published. why has the white house sent a deputy treasury secretary to capitol hill to testify against the legi
the school exactly where it was in indiana, we did smart things in terms of rebuilding a port that was smarter than there was before. first and foremost, we have to find ways to not stand in the way of the smart decisions but to encourage them. with whatever money we have, that will allow the money to go farther and be smarter. a second, and you will see what we provide our supplemental request, you will see that we propose to invest in mitigation. we know from studies that for about every dollar that we invest in mitigation, we get $4 back in avoided costs over time. that is something we have to recognize as we go in. the federal government investing in these, and making a specific part of this proposal in each of the areas will be important. i would hope parted the reason the president asked me to do this, i've worked in the private sector in new york and new jersey. behooved there is a real potential here -- there is a real potential here. if we are avoiding future costs, avoiding private sector costs in the future, there should be a way to capitalize the benefits in the fu
issues as they relate particularly to our ports, because she is known for her work with the port of long beach and i have ports in my district as well. and will be missed on the women's softball team. we are friends here. we are colleagues here. we bring our human qualities. and we bring our leadership skills. and the california delegation makes me proud every day and in the next congress, it will be the memories and the service that has been given to us from these colleagues of ours. and that's why i thank you, mr. miller, for setting aside this hour for us to share our thoughts. >> i saw that andrew and hunter are here. the stark kids. i would like to yield to congresswoman barbara lee. ms. lee: thank you very much. and i want to thank you, congressman miller, for organizing this special order tonight. first to congressman pete stark, who is our departing dean of the california delegation, congressman stark represents a district right next door to my district in the east bay of california, northern california. i just have to say, i have known congressman stark since i was the president
business community as we continue to focus on jobs. he has shown that with his support of the ports and knowing that the deepening needs to be there. he is sewn couraged when he helped us with the fight against the national relations board and the unions that tried to take boeing down. he has shown it with his fiscal representation and the fact that he knows the value of a dollar. he understands what every family and small business goes through, and he has stayed consistent to that. it also shows you the fact that this man loves south carolina, and he is very aware that what he does and every vote he makes affects south carolina and affects our country. so it was with that that i knew that he was the right person. i have no doubt that he will fly now 2014. i am strongly convinced that i and the entire state understands that this is the right u.s. senator for our state and for our country. what i will also tell you -- and it is very important to me as a minority female -- that congressman scott earned this seat. he earned this seat for the person that he is. he earned this seat for t
deep water port on the east coast. we are planning to take full advantage of the panama canal and the changes coming there soon to bring commerce into virginia. we are aggressively building our rail system, going from the port of virginia west to get that traffic out west. we just announced that we are building and other highway, a tall access highway. one of the primary purposes is to bring truck trafficking from the port of the virginia inland a connected directly with i-95. that will help us bring newcomers in. i want to mention something that has been a little tabooed as of late. the governor is not ashamed of it at all. we have taken full in of it. that is incentives to business. the governor has put significant additional resources into our virginia economic development partnership. funds he has at his deposal -- disposal but also resources to build up infrastructure we need to do in virginia. the was a piece in the new york times recently that criticized the use of that. in virginia, some of the things that were pointed out as concerns, the fact that they neglected to i
con. he called it -- lincoln. he called it land improvements. he meant ports and railroads at the time. public infrastructure is always the public's responsibility. so the question is never whether or not you're going to do it, you have to do it. the question is when does it make most sense? i would submit to you that it makes most sense today. why? because money is as cheap as it's ever going to be. every municipal government throughout this country borrows money by issuing debt bonds to underwrite the cost of building new frals. we -- infrastructure. we could be borrowing money today for about 1%. labor is cheap, equipment is cheap, because both are idling. and we clearly need the infrastructure investment. final thought on this? transportation for america, a not-for-profit organization, identifies 69,000 structurally deficient bridges in this nation. there's over 2,000 structurally deficient bridges in my state of new york. and in western new york we have 99 structurally deficient bridges. every second of every day seven cars drive on a bridge that is structurally deficient. we saw
water port on the east coast. we are planning to take full advantage of the panama canal, the changes there coming soon. which gives us the ability to bring commerce into virginia. we are aggressively building our rail system. going from the port of virginia west to try to get that traffic out west. we are -- just announced that we are building another highway. it will be a toll access highway. but one of the primary purposes of that highway is to bring truck traffic from the port of virginia inland. and connect it directly with interstate 95. and so that will help us again through the commerce side of the equation to bring in new commerce and the commonwealth of virginia. i'm going to mention something that's been a little bit taboo as of late. the governor is not ashamed of it as all. as a matter of fact we've taken full advantage of it. and it was discussed earlier, that's incentives to business. the governor has put significant additional resources into our virginia economic development partnership. both funds that he has at his disposal to incentivize and encourage business to co
people make sure that the middle class and the port are taking care of. we have the calmness from "the move on.times," let's >> hours later, senator reid returned to the floor. >> i now ask unanimous consent that at 1:30 p.m. today, the senate did proceed to read s664, regarding the debt limit increase, that there be no limits [indiscernible] upon user yielding back at that time, the bill will -- >> is there an objection? >> i reserve the right to object. what we're talking about is a perpetual debt ceiling grant in effect to the president. matters like this always require 60 votes. i would ask my friend, the majority leader, if he would modify his consent agreement to set the threshold at 60. >> majority leader? >> reserving a right to object. what we have here is republicans in the senate not taking is for an answer. this morning, the leader asked for consent on the proposal. now i am telling everyone to have that good, upper down vote. now he rejects his own idea. i guess we have a filibuster on the bill. so i object. >> is there an objection to the original request? >> yes, i rejec
including rail and port infrastructure on c-span 3 at 10:30 a.m. eastern. in about 45 minutes, we will continue to examine the so- called fiscal cliff with called fiscal cliff with armstrong
that is largely devastated. i'm talking about the megaport of the east coast, the port of new york and new jersey that suffered huge damages, $250 -- 250,000 jobs, $30 billion of economic activity for the nation, national security because we closed the only port in the northeast that was a military port and now we use the commercial port for forward deployment when we need to. in the case of emergencies. you know, and i could go on and on. so, mr. secretary, in your other role here, i want to get a sense from you as to the commitment of this administration and the federal government to helping new jersey, but certainly new york as well, and the region recover. because when we had hurricane katrina in the gulf coast in mississippi and alabama and louisiana, i was there. when we had tornadoes in joplin, missouri, i was there. when we had flooding along the mississippi, i was there. when we've had crop destructions in the midwest, i've been there. because i believe this is the united states of america. so i fully expect that now that for the first time we have the type of devastation that others hav
tear bases that wouldn't exist, the ports and bridges and trains had he not be there to move legislation. so much more. but danny will be remembered far beyond his many tangible achievements. he will live on through the value that is he embody and spread, through the principles he stood up for and shared through his family that loved him dearly, through the people who will never forget his advocacy, for the country he sacrificed so much for. and for all of us who are better for having served with the greatest senator ever, senator daniel inouye. i yield the floor. >> mr. president before i yield the floor i have four yuan mouse consent request for peem meet i ask can these request be agreed to and printed in the record? >> without objection. >> mr. president on plaff of the over 10 million people in georgia and over 3 until america i want to pause to pay tribute and offer my condolences to the family of daniel inouye. when a great football coach passes away and players are interviewed they say he was a players coach. when great generals are lost, they say he was a soldiers ge
of the british aristocracy would have been. but he was an odd duck. when he captured and build some of the ports in the ohio valley, he named them after his subsidiary titles. he was the beer and blair -- the baron blair. it was fort dunmore for a while. he had an ego a mile wide. >> so what was the relationship in those days between george washington and dunmore? >> they knew each other. late winter, before the hostilities got intense in the capital of virginia, they were on some terms. there were both land speculators and they shared in this interest and george washington was developing those and dunmore was buying all that he could get. but then they fell out. i don't think they fell out so much for personal reasons. way of doing business was sending raiding parties and capture people. >> what was his relationship with the citizens of virginia? >> he did not have much in the way of political clout when he was in norfolk. his troops were in control of the immediate area, but basically he did not have a wide reach, except through the sloops and little ships that they would send up some of the r
with a higher tax. host: next up is mickey in kings port, tennessee, on our line for independents. go ahead, mickey. caller: good morning. first of all, let me say that i am definitely not in the rich class. i'm closer to the bottom as the top. but my question being fair, what's wrong with having a fair tax or an equal tax where no matter what income level you have if you make $10,000 a year or $10 million a year, that you pay the same percentage on your gross income or we tax everything that's sold. that way, there's no way of getting around the deductive from the incomes? -- income tax? it doesn't make sense to me the way the program is set up. thank you. guest: we're transitioning the media issue of our current income tax to whether we should fundamentally rethink our tax system. the idea of sort of flat taxes or national retail sales tax, taxes have long been proposed and talked about. i mean, i think fundamentally, it sounds appealing, but, you know, what you're really talking about is relative to what we do now. you're talking about a much different way of raising -- much more revenue
, what advice do you have [indiscernible] that in five -- that provide insurance to the port. we are looking for alternatives for the future. >> government has grown too big, promised to much, but it is not too late. the charitable sector will be more important, and individuals take more to us responsibility for their future. charities need to have that reality and figure out what they can do to improve their role and retain some level of support for charitable contributions. >> the problem is not what we promised the poor. the problem is what we promised the middle-class. our expenditures are squeezing the life out of the rest of the government. i think advocacy groups for the poor should be among the strongest proponents of fixing these major entitlement programs, medicare and social security. we can do that without impacting the poor hardly at all. >> i think we have a myriad of anti-poverty spending programs in this country. they are duplicative. they do not all have good outcomes. as groups think about these issues, it is important to focus on outcomes, streamlining programs
with the federal government to replace the shuttle? and could you comment on where the commercial space ports of the future will be located? >> well, for its of oracle manned spaceflight, there is a plan -- suborbital based -- manned spaceflight, making use any airport with a 12,000 foot runway. branson is considering doing it in an isolated place in new mexico. i tried to talk him into doing it in a place where there is an ocean and something worth looking. at any rate, his plan to put spaceports in five or six different countries, he wants to do one or you can let people see the northern lights during your space flight. so he has some really neat ideas about where it could be done. when you look at where funds are available for a , there is one planned -- for ace baseboard -- a space port, there is one plant in dubai. -- 1 planned in dubai. there is not one state or affordable enough to fly into orbit, so i suggest that we had better solve that problem and then think about what day space port would look like. -- what a space port would look like. >> your thoughts on using model aviation as
unwise to me, and we should focus on what we can do. it is in port. -- it is important. focusing on what we can do, which is doing something now, have a stabilizing deal and work on the issues as we figure out what works in health care and what does not work, how much we want to reform social security, what the economy is doing in 10 years, etc.. >> i have two issues with sort of ignoring the long term, and one is that most of the incredible reform to entitlements have a 10-year waiting period, so say we do not want to deal with them in 11 years. certainly by the end of the year. if we do not start on these things, like things like the fiscal cliff, when are we going to do it? i agree we need to delay the implementation of some of these, so that seniors can prepare, but i think we need to keep that in mind. secondly, in terms of the 10- year in terms of the longer term, it is not that difficult to stabilize in the 10-year window. president obama's does. if we have done nothing on the entitlements, and that is worse than doing $4 trillion and having some systemic reform kicking in over th
. in california, you have a large population centers. you also have one of the largest and most important ports in the long beach area. there is another program specifically designed to enhance port security. and a lot of that money goes to that port. host:host: $98,000 was spent on an underwater robot in columbus, ohio. is it harder for urban areas outside of metropolitan areas to justify the grants and find ways to use them? are there hurdles in getting money or not? guest: generally speaking, it tends to go to the larger jurisdictions, because as you would imagine, those are the ones at the greatest risk and potential targets for terrorists. most of the money would go to places like new york, chicago, miami, los angeles, dallas, places like that. however, over the years, some smaller areas have been able to receive some money. columbus is an illustrative case of that. host: barbara on the independent line. caller: there have been security breaches at nuclear plants. people coming in that were not employees. what kind of funds are going to be provided for states with nuclear plants against te
of the raf. it was a good plan. while daring -- goering got pillar's permission to bomb the ports -- bombing was so ineffective for both sides. churchill said, give it back to them. and that was the beginning. so, the blitz starts on september 7 in the evening. the germans came the next 81, 82 nights, something like that. and the terror bombing that they had feared and predicted began. there was no stopping the bombers. the bombers always got through. >> tommy people were killed and wounded in great britain? >> i think about 45,000 londoners were killed. at the end, the v2 rockets came. 60,000 people in a country of 47 million. you extrapolate -- that would be almost 200,000 americans. unimaginable numbers now in united states. >> physically, what did winston churchill do during that time? where did he live? how did you relate to london during the blitz? >> he, with reluctance, left no. 10 downing st.. which was of firetrap. if a bomb had hit, that would've been the end. he went underground. the underground war rooms were a little more safe. a cave with 200 soldiers, families, typists, gener
, at the domestic mine or the port of entry, and the money would be distributed 100% to the public on equal amount to each legal resident of the country on a per capita basis. that would provide the -- that's what is essential. as long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy, then people will keep burning them, and they're only cheaper because they -- partly they're subsidized, but mainly because they don't pay their costs to society. so the air and water pollution that they produce causes lots of health problems and about 40,000 deaths a year at the united states and about a million worldwide. all those health costs are born by the public, not by the fossil fuel companies. the climate costs, which are already enormous, $50 billion for new york, from sandy, $50 billion in new jersey, the drought last summer, these are -- these have enormous costs. who pays those? the taxpayers, basically. >> that drought alone took half a point off of the gep growth - the gdp growth from estimates. >> yeah. so those costs are not built into the fossil fuels, and they should be. and the way -- so what you should do
. you also have one of the largest and most important ports in the long beach area. there is another program specifically designed to enhance port security. host: $98,000 was spent on an underwater robot in columbus, ohio. is it harder for urban areas outside of metropolitan areas to justify the grants and find ways to use them? are there hurdles in getting money or not? guest: generally speaking, it tends to go to the larger jurisdictions, because as you would imagine, those are the ones at the greatest risk and potential targets for terrorists. most of the money would go to places like new york, chicago, miami, los angeles, dallas, places like that. however, over the years, some smaller areas have been able to receive some money. columbus is an illustrative case of that. host: barbara on the independent line. caller: there have been security breaches at nuclear plants. people coming in that were not employees. what kind of funds are going to be provided for states with nuclear plants against terrorism attacks? guest: that is one of the key focuses of dhs grants, as you correctly po
. that have helped rebuild our roads, bridges, ports, locks, dams, levee, high speed rail, light rail, and bus systems. those have made a real difference in people's lives. and also the reason i got on the transportation committee in the first place. we had two of the most deadly roads in america in jefferson county, missouri. we got special funding for those to help rebuild those roads to not only help their economy, but to save lives. and also for firefighters recently were able to obtain a federal grant for special patrol boats, rescue boats on the mississippi river that will serve the region for years to come. so these kind of investments are important and i want to urge this new congress that will be taking over in just a few days to pass a major transportation bill. it's one of the best investments we can make in this country. to continue to grow this economy. and we see after growing out of this great recession of the last few years the recovery act passed. auto industry saved. major wall street reforms passed . health care reforms passed and stem cell research measures adopted in unpre
abandon the strategic mississippi river delta which transports more tonnage than any port system in the western hemisphere and produces 1/4 of the country's energy supply, we refuse to abandon the world's most important financial and commercial center. instead we must improve the resiliency of our communities, environment and essential services and vulnerable populations with smart planning and well-designed recovery and rebuilding tools. we have the ability to reduce the consequences of severe weather. by mitigating flood risk through smarter land use guidelines, building codes and flood protection improvements. the state of new york has requested $9 billion for mitigation measures from the administration. the state of new jersey is seeking another $7 billion for the same purpose. i commend governor quomeow and governor christie for -- cuomo and governor christie for including strategic needs in their funding request. both of these leaders have demonstrated inble compassion and concern for the people who they represent and have been highly effective in their leadership since the
, was based on our port of 2007, which said that the united states should maximize its oil and gas production, that it should significantly reduce consumption and improve conservation, which led to the direct support for the reinstitution of fuel efficiency standards, which has not been done for 20 years. and to develop to the extent it was liable a biofuel substitute for petroleum. this new report we are releasing today continues these themes with a couple of important caveat. the fantastic revolution that is taking place since our original report and are intermittent reports by the so- called fracking revolution for oil and gas. the significant improvement in national efficiency that has been brought about by technology and the new fuel efficiency standards that were enacted by the bush administration and were increased by the obama administration. the report is not political in any way shape or form. it endorses things that are supported by the right in some cases and that are supported by people on the left. you cannot just take the parts that you like. you have to take the holistic appro
care of the port and the elderly. that is what we're going -- where we're going. it is going to be taxing everybody in this country. that is what the republican party stands for. host: our conversation with congressman paul broun, now in his third term. louise is on the democrats' line. good morning. caller: good morning. you have a million folks calling you pa. guest: i am a medical doctor and i did my internship at good samaritan hospital in portland. i love oregon. where you live down there is just absolutely -- caller: we go without electricity a lot been very guest: thank you for calling. caller: i just wanted to say that president obama unfortunately -- i am a democrat and a hard in true believer in caring and living the words that were spoken by jesus and every other holy man about loving each other. he has given in eight times more to go along with the republican party that has said absolutely no to everythingi saw teh statistics -- everything. i saw the statistics of how much of the ultra wealthy would hav eto pay. it is in minuscule amount of money they are payicomp
that sip ports equal, may i suggest that she does have to take into account that it wasn't in the coalition agreement and many members of my constituency and my church and our party kneel there needs to be much more work done to see if it's possible to define civil marriage separately from traditional marriages. to challenge the definition of marriage between one man and one woman. >> and wile some conservative m.p.'s backed the proposal, some mmple p.'s -- m.p.'s had opposition. >> civil partnerships while conferring virtually the same legal benefits are not the same as marriage. marriage is not the property of the government, nor is it the property of the church and while the forms and legalities over gay marriage have evolved over time, one creature has remained the same that marriage is a union of one man and one woman. the social intrusion that predates both church and state that is the glue that has successive societies toth. -- together. the queen meets the prime minister for a regular briefing but this was the first time in recent history that a monarch had gone and join the table.
business with key sectors in the iranian economy, with energy and ship building and shipping and the ports, this amendment that would shut down businesses that are involved in sectors which fund the proliferation activities of iran and that regime is crucial. in addition, the amendment is going to prohibit business with all designated persons connected to the iranian government. it bans trades and commodities used in these key sectors and used to stop iran from receiving payment in gold or using oil payments in local currency then to buy gold and we have to stop an effort to water down these sanctions. i say that because i remember the votes in the past. i remember our effort on the central bank. it was only because we got unanimous votes because we got so much support that we were able to deploy those. but let me add that there is another portion of the amendment here that targets the regime for their human rights abuses. and i think one of the areas where we've been short, for those of you who have talked to to those in the prison there and experienced the torture, who have seen the murd
ports around this country as well as carriers. it is going to take funding. i would note in the middle class job creation at there is up to $150 million in grant funds available for next generation 911. that is a terrific resource. it is my hope that they will benefit from that. >> you have been an advocate for wireless consumers as they rely exclusively on wireless service. he believes consumers will benefit if the sec exercises authority to promote wireless competition? >> absolutely. competition, there are more opportunities. that is good, especially for lower incomes. i do not take a one size fits all. i believe i should help promote that and to the competitive market standing. >> thank you. >> welcome to the commissioners. let me mention how pleased i am that we are working cooperatively with the industry on the 911 issue. that is what kids use today. they move quicker than we do. the reports that i'm reading, then i like what is going on. we hope we would be working with regulators and the industry to identify it. kudos. i would say keep it up. the goal of this was to do two thin
gaveled out. we expect them back in about two hours. let's go to newbury port. caller: thank you for c-span. i do not understand where this $250,000 number comes from. i am 70 and have never been asked to make a sacrifice by any congress. it just seems to me that if the average income in most states -- to ask people making $125,000 or more, to ask them to contribute more, that seems to be a no- brainer. i do not see why people in this country are not ready to make a compromise. let's face it, we will either all have to pay slightly more taxes and accept the fact that our benefits are going to have to be lower than they really are -- i am in that bracket of $125,000 to $250,000. i am very comfortable, i could contribute more to the deficit, i just want to make sure that that money goes to the deficit in reality. it seems to me that that number comes up and is a political situation and what congress is really saying is that i am going to pander to the 98% because if i go to 125%, i will upset more of the electorate. i was listening to david brooks this morning and his comments that the r
as the interest of key countries like you just mentioned, russia, the only port they have outside of russian territory in syria. or after the sanctions on iran, syria became the major importer for weapons from russia. veryimportant issue for russia, as well as iran sending fighters to fight along the lines of the regime. as well as china with the issue of human rights. as long as the international community does not address the interests of the importance stakeholders, that is not really going to help. what is your take on that? >> i think they have very short form policy. i have been in moscow and we met with the russian minister of foreign affairs. syria and russia have a relationship. we need to keep such a relationship, but with such short policies by defending the assad regime, you of making such a relationship very difficult. i think the syrians see russia the same as they see the assad regime. when you see your brother and sister being killed every day -- i have been in syria and i have lots of examples. when the syrian people solve all of this happen for them, of course, they will ch
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